Tell you what: I'm pretty tired, it's 7 am here in Switzerland, and I've received a mail from my partner in Senegal including a document where he proposes a business forum in Dakar on February 21, 2018.


So I've been working on that since 5 am, put the paper into a presentable form for our board of the chamber of commerce Switzerland-Africa, in hope that they will come down too, and sent it to all concerned. You won't believe how much paperwork there has to be done. Down there, a lot of business people and government officials are interested to participate, but our Swiss people here often have problems to take the finger out and go into unknown fields ;-)


So, now that this has been done, I'll take a shower and 2 big cups of coffee, and go to my workplace where I will be writing CV's and recommendations, fill out forms, fix some stuff on our local LAN, look for jobs or apartments for immigrants and refugees who live here in Winterthur or just arrived. Most of them don't know much German, but rather French or English, when it comes to Arab or Spanish, I call one of our other employees.....


Of course word has been spread in our African community that I'm involved in Africa through business and family, so I get most of them as clients, and the rest of the gang just points to me smiling when a newcomer from Africa shows up ;-)


We offer free Internet, free coffee and softdrinks, sometimes snacks when the budget allows it, and there's a piano where one can play when he wants to. I play often there on weekends, tape it - that's the piano you hear when listening to one of my amateur songs. From 3 to 6 pm the place is mostly crowded like a pub, and we have quite a few who come every day, because all of our clients are either unemployed or outcasts of the society, often with a drug or mental problems history, at least our Swiss customers. So better drink a free coffee at our joint than paying 4-5 bucks in a coffee shop....


At 6.15 pm we close, and ususally I go home (except on weekends where I either party for 2 days or, every second weekend, I stay with my family which lives 30 miles from me. I live in a single room with 2 room mates in the apartment during weekdays - close to my workplace, and I have no car), cook me some dinner, and then, the chatting with Senegal or Cameroon starts, more news and document exchanges, reworking material, phone calls, mostly until midnight.


Then, I shut down the PC, the phone, look for a movie, documentary or news on TV in order to cool down the day, and mostly I'm in bed around 1 - 2 am.


Just a normal day. But I like it to be busy. It's more rewarding than sitting around and getting fat LOL


What looks a typical day in YOUR life like ?


Mark Hunter Added Nov 14, 2017 - 4:38am
The job's not over until the paperwork's done.
My typical day is pretty boring, as long as nothing crashes or catches on fire. Take 911 calls for eight hours, then go home to the wife and dog and my waiting novel manuscript. I'd rather do it with the opposite priority, but my wife, dog, and so far manuscript don't pay me. 
Stone-Eater Added Nov 14, 2017 - 7:53am
Keep on writing, someday it'll work !
Stone-Eater Added Nov 14, 2017 - 1:15pm
Thanks for sharing that moving story with us !
True, I've heard that American diet (along with the UK one) is about the unhealthiest there is. I prefer light Asian cuisine, Thai, Malay, Japanese or Southern Indian/Sri Lankan as well as Italian - lots of fish and seafood.
Unfortunately Swiss cuisine is bland and quite fat - no idea about spices ! Same goes largely for African, much oil and fat, which provokes obesity and heart diseases.
Nice to hear that you refound your health !
Stone-Eater Added Nov 14, 2017 - 1:16pm
BTW: I guess meditation helps more than medication in many cases...although I don't have the nerve and patience for it. I've tried it, but I simply couldn't "let go"...;-)
Stone-Eater Added Nov 14, 2017 - 1:23pm
Being a helper to people in need does appear to be a worthy endeavor because the emotions that are produced are often advantages to all involved.
Thanks for your true comment. You know, by helping people I somehow help myself too.....I guess there's NO human action which does not have at least a bit of egoism in it, and it doesn't have to be on a materialistic scale.
I guess I get the most satisfaction in helping others by the fact that I will live on in people's memory when I'm dead. That's the most one can hope for :-)
Stone-Eater Added Nov 14, 2017 - 1:29pm
BTW: And one of the most memorable moments is when I can help kids. The love they will give you is something nobody can pay, and it creates a bond between people that will last forever. I once said to someone that I love the kids of my adoptive family in Cameroon more than my own elder two (He looked at me as if I were completely mad). Why ? Because they appreciate what I do for them, and when they call me Papa it makes me proud. Proud of the fact that some white guy once showed up and after some years that guy became the father they never had. Then I believe my life makes sense.
Tom C. Purcell Added Nov 14, 2017 - 5:18pm
Speaking of kids, Stone.  As a new father I've never been happier.  My baby boy basically dictates my life (as he should at 2 months old).  He's amazing and I feel blessed with this boy.  He's really something.  Nothing compares to fatherhood.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 14, 2017 - 5:37pm
Congrats :-) I know what it's like. Changing diapers, no sleep at night, but once they start walking they're really sweet - until they get to, say, 10 years. The years from 13 to 18 are the ones you'll often like to forget - boys will get loudmouthed and disrespectful, and girls will probably make you an unintentional grandfather ;-)
mark henry smith Added Nov 14, 2017 - 6:21pm
Thanks Stone
 I always enjoy reading about your life, it is so different from mine despite the sharedSwiss sensibility. The thread of writing about personal trials helps. In the end we're all responsible for the outcome of our lives, since all we have in any situation is perspective and perspective can be created.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 14, 2017 - 6:25pm
Thanks ! I like to write about my daily life and experiences too, because that way I think people will get to know me better and can also follow to some degree why I think as I think and why I live they way I live. It may not interest most, but that's ok LOL
A Swiss mountain goat can't expect too much anyway ;-)
Terri Parke Added Nov 14, 2017 - 9:25pm
Thanks for journaling here for us to see!  It is fun to read about others’ lives....
opher goodwin Added Nov 15, 2017 - 5:53am
Busy busy Stone. It's good to be busy.
My life changed radically with  my retirement. For the past six years it has been writing - rewriting - catching up with all the books I have written over fifty years. Many were type-written documents. I've been typing them up.
Mark Hunter Added Nov 15, 2017 - 6:42am
I'd thought about typing up some of my unpublished manuscripts from when I first started writing, opher. Then I reread them. Now I'm thinking of storing them in a secured underground vault, with the door welded shut.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2017 - 6:51am
Thank you :-)
Stone-Eater Added Nov 15, 2017 - 6:55am
I once wanted to write a book about my life and travels, but found out quickly that I'm too chaotic to write a structured book LOL
wsucram15 Added Nov 16, 2017 - 2:53am
I thought I posted on here yesterday but did not. SEF..I wanted to write a book also, but always change my mind.
So here it goes..a day in my life this week.
Well Monday the furnace got repaired and the technician did something called a "blow back" from the chimney.  So now the entire house AND EVERYTHING IN IT..is covered in soot.
It didnt seem bad a t first, I tried to clean it, at first.  But to get through ONE 10' countertop it took 2 hours and an entire 2 qt. bottle of industrial chemicals.
Its my BFs house and the company responsible did called a cleaning restoration company.  they call this a pack and move.   Everything is packed and moved to a facility where they take it out clean it and repack it.   Clothes, shoes, curtains, ALL ITEMS of furniture, everything.  Even you...about 2 weeks.
Meanwhile, another team comes into the house and cleans that..walls, paint, replacing ceiling tiles, carpet and flooring from the basement up.
Have you ever tried to get a house packed up with movers and they have a time limit? But they are very professional..I dont think I have ever seen movers like these people.
THEN..in my other house#2...I am trying to get a  storm door put in which  has been fun, because I cant leave to meet anyone from house #1..then Refrigerator also in house #2 is going up.  I have the refrigerator handled I think, but it seems like i just bought that a few years ago. 
The holidays are coming and EVERYTHING..will be in boxes or in a facility getting cleaned. Everything... oh thats the stuff they didnt trash..
All the beds(two are brand new)...some of the dressers, much of the clothing)  MY GLASS and molds..stuff like that. All a loss.
LOL.. but a normal day when i am home, is glass work or some other type of art. Working or adding to the web site,  trying to market and selling my art. Doing something with my kids and my dogs usually need my attention. 
I eat a salad for lunch everyday with fruit..love that. might be my fav meal of the day and I try to eat that at home. Although I have had some really incredible salads at restaurants, with crab and shrimp.  My favorite is a brazilian steak house although I do not like steak.  I like the salmon at the salad bar and some of the other meats, but for some reason not the beef.
As if you had not figured this out..I listen to music EVERY day. Today it was jazz.  Yesterday it was Foo Fighters.
I also volunteer  at various times during the week I will have something to do, helping people, teaching someone how to do a resume or brand themselves and sometimes just protest a cause...it always changes.
When the running stops or I am done working, I make dinner because I like to cook.  Baking season is upon me so thats a big deal as well this time of year. (its a family thing).
So its now 3 am and waaayyy past time to go to bed.  I have been trying to get to bed since 10pm..a lot to do.
Take it easy everyone and if you celebrate Thanksgiving have a Good one.  If you dont, have a nice weekend.
Mark Hunter Added Nov 16, 2017 - 4:10am
We run into that with firefighting, wsucram. It's not uncommon for us to hold a fire to, say, one room, only to have the entire house filled with smoke that leaves soot covering everything--and every bit as hard to clean as you describe. It's generally cheaper to clean it than to replace it, especially with personal items that can't be replaced, but it's not much fun.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2017 - 6:24am
.....and I thought I was busy ! I guess when one does have a house he has a lot more work than me with a single room LOL
But I guess once in Senegal where we will have a house too that will change. Although I'm very clumsy on manual work.....I'll employ people to fix things, that's for sure :-)
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2017 - 6:25am
I guess you have much more firefighting work there than we have here. Our houses are brick and cement - all of them - no wooden houses in Switzerland - even in Africa I didn't see many. There most are made of concrete or clay....
Mark Hunter Added Nov 16, 2017 - 6:38am
We do have a lot of wooden houses, but brick and cement buildings burn just as well--they tend to get filled up with flammable contents like furniture, books, papers, wall coverings, people--in fact, "nonflammable" building fires often burn much hotter because the building material holds the heat in, like a furnace. I've seen more building collapses from burning brick buildings than from wood. More likely you have fewer fires because people there are just more conscious of fire safety. Honestly, I think what prevents most fires over here is pure dumb luck.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2017 - 2:13pm
It's simple: We don't have many inhouse chimneys/fireplaces. That's a luxury here....
Donna Added Nov 17, 2017 - 3:32pm
Hi Sef- Typical day-
Start at 5 am, head to his mothers, clean ports for her lungs. Walk a mile, gets my head clear for the day..
Feed another mile of neighborhood for all the stray kitties, 
Hot cup of tea, a light breakfast,off to my moms, at 7:30 to make sure all of her meds are in order,that she has had breakfast.All is ok.
Then it is back home, shower, head to office, where anything is possible. I work in construction, so days are either completely crazy, or as quiet as possible, weather is always a factor..
Paperwork for bidding is extremely ridiculous here, and we have goals for minority companies that we have to meet per state standards, or we are fined thousands..
Home to cook dinner, clean house, laundry, all the normal life things..
Somewhere in here i find time for the kids, and the sisters.
I manage to get another hour usually after midnight to myself..this is used for meditating, or simply taking a hit or 2 from a good bud.. )0(
mark henry smith Added Nov 17, 2017 - 8:18pm
Oh yeah, Donna, when you're at the end of a long day, wound tight? There's no better attitude adjustment to get you settled in for the night. And you deserve all the help. Damn, love and peace 
Dr. Rupert Green Added Nov 17, 2017 - 11:25pm
A forced retiree at 62, I have a lot of time on my hand. Mostly trying trying to acquire grant for my not for profit corporation. Extensive writing to get my social media friends to use it to improve their lot, rather than for showing their front and back.( I was told that men pay big money to see what the females can show privately. ) Its just 10 months since retirement, so I will soon figure out how I will fund a school I want to start.
Mark Hunter Added Nov 18, 2017 - 11:22am
Glad you got through it okay, Lee. As you might expect, it's the people who's had an experience with fire who tend to be more attentive to fire prevention.
Mark Hunter Added Nov 18, 2017 - 11:26am
Fireplaces and woodburners are no longer all that common here either, Stone, but I'm sure they're seen more than in your area--especially in the northern part of the country. I don't remember the last time I saw a new house going up with a fireplace in it; they're both more expensive and not very energy efficient. However, an older house for sale we looked at a few weeks ago actually had a fireplace on one floor, and a wood burner on the other, so that upped the average! Never seen a place with both. I wouldn't use either without calling in a chimney sweep for a good cleaning.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 18, 2017 - 11:32am
Start at 5 am,
Huh ?! Do you sleep sometimes ? I have the problem taht I can't get up when it's still dark....I usually get up at 9-10 am and go to bed between 12 and 3 am. But 6 hours of sleep is a must, also because I dream every night and I like that. Free cinema, and most of my dreams could fit into a Dalì painting LOL
Stone-Eater Added Nov 18, 2017 - 11:34am
You do a good thing. Our NGO afronum also supported a school in Loum/Cameroon until the government found out about this. Apparently they wanted to polish their image and put up a new school house - and kind of pushed us out of there ;-)
Stone-Eater Added Nov 18, 2017 - 11:36am
I'd have loved to have a fireplace here in Switzerland, in our quite cold country !
Mark Hunter Added Nov 18, 2017 - 11:38am
You'd think they'd be popular there!
Stone-Eater Added Nov 18, 2017 - 12:02pm
They are, but too expensive. We're a people of tenants, not house owners. And in apartments fireplaces are not standard. Why do you think I want to build a house in Senegal ? Because here a house is simply too expensive for the regular Joe ...
Mark Hunter Added Nov 18, 2017 - 6:09pm
Ah, I see. Home owning here isn’t easy, but it’s possible.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 19, 2017 - 9:12am
I thought most Americans own their house (although they pay mortgages, as here.....so in fact the bank owns the houses)
Passion Blues Added Nov 19, 2017 - 9:19am
I wake before dawn to sex, yes everyday. Then coffee and smoke, then more sex then work. I feed one to two hundred people who count on me to always do the best things for them. I order their food, I write their menus, I lead an amazing team of chefs who artfully prepare their meals. I then return home to more sex, yes every day, and then dinner, Jameson, smoke, sex and sleep.
Its a simple life, but I am happy, do not get weighted down, and also I serve a higher purpose. I wake with a mission. My life kicks ass,. I'm so glad that daily I get to share that with people who have little joy left. One of my meals could be there last - I always make it worth while.
I deserve my daily sex and smoke. That's how my day goes.
Mark Hunter Added Nov 19, 2017 - 11:29am
I don't know what the stats are, but a large portion of Americans are still renters.
There, you made me look it up: It's 64%, which is more than I thought. That's down from ten years ago due to the housing bubble and resulting crash, but only by a little. If we'd all just rent and then spend more time living like Passion Blues, we'd probably be a lot happier.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 19, 2017 - 3:47pm
Easy-going then. Except that here sex is just a minor factor for the time being LOL
Stone-Eater Added Nov 19, 2017 - 3:48pm
64 % So many = I thought maybe 20%. I mean, enough space there.....
Mark Hunter Added Nov 19, 2017 - 5:47pm
One thing we still do have is space!
Stone-Eater Added Nov 20, 2017 - 10:43am
Too much, actually ;-)

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